Sunday, December 9, 2018

New Music Friday - May 25, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Aisha Burns - Argonauta

Aisha Burns is a violinist from Texas who contributed to the Balmorhea ensemble before going solo in 2013 with Life in the Midwater. On her sophomore record, she deals with both loss and love.

Listen: "Must Be a Way"
Listen: "We Were Worn"

CHVRCHES - Love Is Dead

This third album from the Scottish trio is their first not to be self-produced, and probably their "poppiest" outing. Interestingly, though representing the band at their most pop, the sole feature on the record comes from the frontman for an established indie band, Matt Berninger of The National.

Watch: "Get Out"
Watch: "Miracle"

Tracyanne & Danny - Tracyanne & Danny

Tracyanne is Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura; Danny is Danny Coughlan, also known as Crybaby. The two are close friends, but joined up for a new project following the death of Camera Obscura's Carey Lander from a rare form of cancer in 2015. Her main act is on hiatus, but this album provides the 60s-inspired guitar pop that Campbell has become known for.

Watch: "Alabama"
Watch: "It Can't Be Love Unless It Hurts"

Other Full-Length Releases

Michael Feuerstack - Natural Weather

Watch: "Nobody Knows"
Watch: "Love Is All Around"


Listen: "Infrared"
Listen: "What Would Meek Do?"

Wand - Perfume

Watch: "Pure Romance"

Zaytoven - Trap Holizay

Listen: "Back on It" (featuring Offset & Young Scooter)
Listen: "Show It" (featuring Kodak Black, T.I., & Offset)

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

Destroyer - City of Daughters Vinyl Reissue

Listen: "School, and the Girls Who Go There"
Listen: "No Cease Fires! (Crimes Against the State of Our Love, Baby)"

Destroyer - Thief Vinyl Reissue

Listen: "The Temple"
Listen: "Thief"

Hatchie - Sugar & Spice

Watch: "Sugar & Spice"
Watch: "Sure"

Jenny Hval - The Long Sleep

Watch: "Spells"
Listen: "The Long Sleep"

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending December 1, 2018)

I've typically posted new Christmas songs from artists each year, but after this past holiday, it looks like I may need to start posting new Thanksgiving songs as well. The National partnered again with Bob's Burgers for a new song and video, "Save the Bird." If we get an entire Thanksgiving-themed album from them, check it out over at my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, the sister trio TEEN announced their fourth album, Good Fruit.

TEEN is currently made up of the three Lieberson sisters, Kristina, Lizzie, and Katherine. They haven't always been a trio, though; they've also boasted other, non-Lieberson members, including Boshra AlSaadi, who left the band in 2017 (though she still contributed to this new record).

The new record reflects on the loss of the Lieberson patriarch and was announced on Wednesday. Along with the announcement, we got a new song and accompanying video for "Only Water."

Good Fruit is set for release on March 1 of next year.

Also announced this week:

Domo Genesis - Facade Records (December 7)
Kaytranada - NOTHIN LIKE U / CHANCES (out now)
Le Butcherettes - bi/MENTAL (February 1)
Telekinesis - Effluxion (February 22)
Vox Lux: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (December 14)

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending November 24, 2018)

The Creed II soundtrack was released this past week (the movie came out on Wednesday). I'm excited for the movie, but looking at the tracklist, the soundtrack should be good, as well. The album includes contributions from Rae Sremmurd, Bon Iver, Vince Staples, and Kendrick Lamar.

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving! As always, check out the new music I'm looking forward to over at my Upcoming Releases page!

Recently, DAWN announced her fifth solo album, new breed.

DAWN (aka D∆WN, aka Dawn Richard) started her career as a member of the made-on-TV girl band, Danity Kane. The group disbanded in 2009, at which point she embarked on a solo career and proved her work to be far more interesting than the R&B/pop of Danity Kane.

While still in the general R&B space, her own work is more experimental, punctuated by a trilogy of concept albums ending with 2016's Redemption. She's released various one-off singles and videos since, and featured on the closing track of Dirty Projector's 2017 self-titled album.

The new album was announced on November 7, along with a new song, "new breed." The album will be released on January 25.

Also announced recently:

And the Kids - When This Life Is Over (February 22)
Cherry Glazerr - Stuffed & Ready (February 1)
Chvrches - Hansa Session EP (December 14)
Conor Oberst - “No One Changes”/“The Rockaways” (February 1)
The Decemberists - Traveling On (December 14)
Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs (November 30)
Emily King - Scenery (February 1)
FEELS - Post Earth (February 22)
Frakkur - Frakkur 2000-2004 (out now)
Ghostface Killah - Ghost Files (November 30)
Girlpool - What Chaos Is Imaginary (February 1)
Guided By Voices - 1000 Dougs (December 7)
Guided By Voices - 1901 Acid Rock (March)
Guided By Voices - Umlaut Over the Özone (March)
Guided By Voices - Warp and Woof (April)
Guided By Voices - Winecork Stonehenge (December 7)
Guided By Voices - Zeppelin Over China (February 1)
Helado Negro - This Is How You Smile (March 8)
Homeshake - Helium (February 15)
Julia Jacklin - Crushing (February 22)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Tides: Music for Yoga and Meditation (January 11)
Karen O & Danger Mouse - Lux Prima (December 14)
Kodak Black - DYING TO LIVE (December 14)
Meek Mill - Championships (November 30)
Mercury Rev - Bobbie Gentry’s Delta Sweete Revisited (February 8)
Panda Bear - Buoys (February 8)
Rustin Man - Drift Code (February 1)
The Saxophones - Singing Desperately Suite (February 12)
These New Puritans - “Into the Fire” (out now)
Tyler, The Creator - Music Inspired by Illumination & Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (out now)
Vic Mensa - Hooligans (December 14)
Weezer - The Black Album (March 1)
William Tyler - Goes West (January 25)

Saturday, November 17, 2018

New Music Friday - May 18, 2018

Be sure to view a list of upcoming releases here!

Essential Full-Length Releases

Bombino - Deran

Deran is the sixth album from the Nigerian musician. The album, which follows the Dan Auerbach-produced Nomad, celebrates the artist's culture and heritage. It was recorded in Africa and sung entirely in Tamashek.

Watch: "Deran Deran Alkheir"
Listen: "Tehigren"

Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel

Tell Me How You Really Feel is, somewhat surprisingly, only Barnett's second album. Her body of work is much larger, starting with an acclaimed double EP, A Sea of Split Peas and more recently including, Lotta Sea Lice, a collaboration with Kurt Vile.

Watch: "Nameless, Faceless"
Watch: "Need a Little Time"

Frog Eyes - Violet Psalms

The eighth album from Frog Eyes will also reportedly be the band's last and was followed by a farewell tour. The album was recorded at the home of members Carey Mercer and Melanie Campbell. Although the band has counted members of Wolf Parade and The New Pornographers as bandmates, the record is stripped back to just the four core members.

Watch: "Your Boss’s Shirt"
Listen: "Pay for Fire"

Patrick Paige II - Letters of Irrelevance

Paige is a member of the The Internet, who also released a new album this year. He serves as the band's bassist, but shows off his own voice on his debut. Similar to his work in The Internet, the album combines soul, funk, and hip hop.

Watch: "On My Mind/Charge It to the Game" (featuring Syd & Kari Faux)
Watch: "The Party Song (Do My Dance)" (featuring Fortebowie) / "The Best Policy"

TT - LoveLaws

TT is Theresa Wayman, who is also a member of Warpaint. She's released three albums with her band, including 2016's Heads Up, but LoveLaws is her first solo record.

Watch: "I’ve Been Fine"
Listen: "Love Leaks"

Other Full-Length Releases

Buck Meek - Buck Meek

Listen: "Maybe"
Listen: "Cannonball!"

Now, Now - Saved

Watch: "AZ"
Watch: "MJ"

Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!

Watch: "Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience"
Watch: "Wide Awake"

Quiet Slang - Everything Matters but No One Is Listening

Watch: "Dirty Cigarettes"
Listen: "Noisy Heaven"

Remember Sports - Slow Buzz
Watch: "Pull Through"
Watch: "The 1 Bad Man"

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Sparkle Hard

Wax Idols - Happy Ending

Watch: "Mausoleum"
Listen: "Heaven Knows"

Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.

The Breeders - Last Splash Vinyl Reissue

Watch: "Cannonball"
Watch: "Saints"

The Breeders - Mountain Battles Vinyl Reissue

Listen: "Mountain Battles"
Listen: "Bang On"

The Breeders - Pod Vinyl Reissue

Listen: "Hellbound"
Listen: "Glorious"

The Breeders - Title TK Vinyl Reissue

Watch: "Huffer"
Listen: "Off You"

The Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat Vinyl Reissue

Listen: "Quay Cur"
Listen: "Blueberry Boat"

How to Talk to Girls at Parties: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Listen: Xiu Xiu & Mitski - "Between the Breaths"

Jonny Greenwood - Bodysong Reissue

Listen: "Convergence"
Listen: "Splitter"

Otis Redding - Dock of the Bay Sessions

Watch: "(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay"

Paul McCartney - Chaos and Creation in the Backyard Reissue

Listen: "Fine Line"
Listen: "How Kind of You"

Paul McCartney - NEW Reissue

Watch: "New"
Watch: "Queenie Eye"

Paul McCartney - Thrillington Reissue

Listen: "Too Many People"
Listen: "Ram On"

Paul McCartney and Wings - Wings Greatest Reissue

Listen: "Live and Let Die"
Listen: "Junior’s Farm"

Pink Floyd - Pulse Remastered and Expanded

Listen: "Astronomy Domine"
Listen: "What Do You Want from Me"

Pink Floyd - Relics Reissue

Listen: "Arnold Layne"
Listen: "See Emily Play"

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending November 3, 2018)

Gwyneth Paltrow got married back in September, but details of her wedding came out this week. Among them was that Girl Talk served as the DJ for the reception. It's been almost a decade since we last got an album from the mash-up artists, though there have been a few EPs and collaborative singles since. Maybe the gig will spur him to release a new record; if that happens, check it out over at my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Deerhunter announced their eighth album, Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?.

The latest album from the Atlanta-based "ambient punk" follows 2015's incredible Fading Frontier. The new album was recorded in Marfa, Texas and produced by Cate Le Bon (her bandmate from DRINKS, Tim Presley, also contributed to the record).

Deerhunter has consistently been one of my favorite bands with their previous three records all making it into my music rotation. Along with the album announcement, they also released a new song, "Death in Midsummer." Based on that song, I have every expectation that I'll love the new record just as much!

Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? is set for release on January 18.

Also announced recently:

Beirut - Gallipoli (February 1)
Blocboy JB - Don’t Think That (out now)
Bob Mould - Sunshine Rock (February 8)
Bring Me the Horizons - amo (January 25)
Bryan Ferry and His Orchestra - Bitter-Sweet (November 30)
The C.I.A. - The C.I.A. (December)
Cass McCombs - Tip of the Sphere (February 8)
Freddie Gibbs & Curren$y - Fetti (out now)
Guster - Look Alive (January 18)
Ian Brown - Ripples (March 1)
Jessica Pratt - Quiet Signs (February 8)
Khruangbin - “Christmas Time Is Here” 7” (November 16)
Lee Ranaldo - Electric Trim Live at Rough Trade East (December 14)
Method Man - The Meth Lab II (December 11)
Oneohtrix Point Never - Love in the Time of Lexapro (November 23)
Preoccupations & Protomartyr - “Telemetry at Howe Bridge” (November 16)
Steve Gunn - The Unseen in Between (January 18)
Swervedriver - Future Ruins (January 25)
Toro y Moi - Outer Peace (January 18)
TOY - Happy in the Hollow (January 25)
Vince Staples - FM! (out now)

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending October 20, 2018)

Massive Attack are reissuing their third album, Mezzanine, to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The reissue will be available in the standard formats, CD and vinyl, but has been encoded into DNA which will be available in spray point. Someone may have finally one-upped the Flaming Lips' gummy releases. If they find an even stranger way to release their next record, be sure to check it out over at my Upcoming Releases page!

This week, Mariah Carey announced her 15th album, Caution.

I was obsessed with Carey as a child. I had all of her albums, on cassette, which I would listen to and sing along to on a daily basis. Any talent show that I participated in, I was singing one of her songs. My feelings on her music began to sour around the release of Rainbow. As I began to lose my interest in pop music, I largely stopped listening to her music.

You may have noticed a renewed interest in pop music from me. I've also had a surge of nostalgia around the music I've listened to as a child and am rediscovering my love for Mariah Carey.

She announced the latest record on Monday. The announcement was preceded by singles "GTFO" and "With You." She also released a third single, "The Distance," this week.

Caution will be released on November 16.

Also announced this week:

Adia Victoria - Silences (February 22)
The Good, the Bad, & the Queen - Merrie Land (November 16)
Future & JUICE WRLD - WRLD ON DRUGS (out now)
Jacques Greene - Fever Focus (November 16)
My Brightest Diamond - A Million and One (November 23)
Rhye - Blood Remixed (November 16)
You Tell Me - You Tell Me (January 11)

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending October 13, 2018)

My blurb on St. Vincent in this post from a couple of weeks ago now seems a little prescient. The artist announced and released a collection of reworked songs from MASSEDUCTION, title MassEducation, this week! It's not make up exclusively of reworkings of "Slow Disco," so I was wrong about that, but, YAY, new music from St. Vincent!

Last week, Sharon Van Etten announced a long-awaited follow-up to 2014's Are We There, Remind Me Tomorrow.

Van Etten is a singer and songwriter from New Jersey who released her debut studio album, Because I Was in Love, in 2009 after a string of self-recorded and self-released albums. I've loved everything she's put out (and seen her live at any opportunity I got). Her music is personal and emotional, underlied by a strong voice with a melancholic bent... a bit more flowery than I try to get here, but I do love her so much.

She's taken the last few years off (other than reissuing that first album) and started pursuing a degree in psychology, started acting (you can catch her on Netflix's The OA), and had a child. It hasn't been a long absence, but a very welcome return none-the-less.

She announced Remind Me Tomorrow on October 2 and released the first single, "Comeback Kid."

The album is scheduled for released on January 18 of next year!

Also announced recently:

Anderson .Paak - Oxnard (November 16)
Art Brut - Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out! (November 23)
Belly - Immigrant (out now)
Dave Keuning - Prismism (January 25)
Deer Tick - Mayonnaise (February 1)
DJ MUGGS x ROC MARCI - KAOS (October 19)
Du Blonde - Lung Bread for Daddy (February 22)
FIDLAR - Almost Free (January 25)
Joe Jackson - Fool (January 18)
John Legend - A Legendary Christmas (October 26)
Kanye West - Yandhi (November 23)
Khalid - Suncity (October 19)
Little Dragon - Lover Chanting (November 9)
Maggie Rogers - Heard It in a Past Life (January 18)
Moonface - This One’s for the Dancer & This One’s for the Dancer’s Bouquet (November 2)
Mr Twin Sister - Salt (October 25)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Full Moon Fever (October 25)
Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request 50th Anniversary Reissue (November 16)
St. Vincent - MassEducation (out now)
Titus Andronicus - Home Alone on Halloween (out now)
Van Morrison - You’re Driving Me Crazy (December 7)
XXL - Puff O’Gigio (December 7)